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Franz Sigel

Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Chicago Albumen Works
Franz Sigel, 18 Nov 1824 - 21 Aug 1902
c. 1862 (printed 2011)
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 9 × 5.8 cm (3 9/16 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.7 × 10.2 cm (5 × 4")
Mat: 35.6 × 28.1 cm (14 × 11 1/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
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Born Sinsheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany
A prominent member of the German American community, Franz Sigel helped to rally immigrant support for the Union cause. He began his Civil War service in the Missouri and later contributed to the North’s decisive victory in the Battle at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, in March 1862. Promoted to the rank of major general, Sigel was transferred to the war’s eastern theater but success proved elusive for him there. He was given his first major command when the Army of Virginia was created in the summer of 1862 and served under General John Pope in the North’s stunning loss at the Battle of Second Bull Run (Manassas). Relegated thereafter to a series of less prominent posts, Sigel finally gained command of the Department of West Virginia in February 1864. He was soundly defeated at the Battle of New Market in May and lost his field command a short time later.
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National Portrait Gallery
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